Census of Population and Housing 1981: Australian Electoral Division Summary File

What is the AEDSF?

Dimensions of data set

Indicative Information and Data Code Groups

Description of the Summary Tables

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What is the AEDSF?

The Australian Electoral Division Summary File presents summary characteristics of persons and dwellings for each Australian electoral division (AED). The records for each AED include geographic area codes indicating its State/Territory, area and name.

The table information is made up of 43 tables giving data for persons, persons in the labour force, families and dwellings. Persons tables include counts for males and females by marital status, usual residence (1976, 1980 and 1981), age, birthplace by age, parents' birthplace, use of English language, birthplace by period of residence, period of residence, citizenship, race, educational institution attendance, level and field of highest qualification, age left school, total issue of females aged 15 years and over, religion by age, occupational status, income, occupational status by age. Tables for persons in the labour force provide counts for males and females by age, marital status, hours worked, industry sector, mode of travel to work, occupational status by occupation, occupation, occupation by age, birthplace by occupation, and industry. Family tables show the number of families by family type and family income. Dwelling tables include counts, by structure of dwelling, of nature of occupancy, mortgages, rents, reason unoccupied, and numbers of occupants, families, rooms, bedrooms and motor vehicles.

For some basic information about the way Census 81 was planned, designed, executed and processed, information on the person and dwelling characteristics included in statistical output and some guidance to other census products, see "Making Sense of Census 81".

Dimensions of data set

The AED Summary File contains 132 logical records (one for each AED). Each logical record comprises one record of geographic indicative information and 158 records containing 4550 counts or totals from 43 tables giving data for both persons and dwellings. All 20,988 physical records are padded to a fixed record length of 240 characters.

For details of the tables included in the AED Summary File, see "Full Format Summary Tables Description File (download .rtf version)".

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The AED Summary File contains one logical record for each AED consisting of one physical record of geographic indicative codes (8 fields) and 158 records of tabular information (4550 x 8 character cells). Each physical record is 240 characters in length, the first 8 characters always being an identifying header (matching the first 8 characters of the indicative codes).

Indicative Information

The 8 cells of indicative information for the AED Summary File are contained in the first physical record of each logical record in the following format.

Description of the Summary Tables

The AED Summary File contains data cells from the 43 summary tables listed below. Full details of the tables and cells are given in the "Full Format Summary Tables Description File (download .rtf files)".

Table
Dimensions
Number of cells
Description
Table population
1
12 x 2
24
Summary of persons
Total persons
2
2 x 1
2
Summary of housing
Occupied and unoccupied dwellings
3
6 x 2
12
Marital status
Total persons
4
12 x 2
24
1981 usual residence
Total persons
5
13 x 2
26
1980 usual residence
Persons aged 1+ years counted at their usual place of residence
6
13 x 2
26
1976 usual residence
Persons aged 5+ years counted at their usual place of residence
7
110 x 2 x 2
440
Age
Overseas born and total persons
8
17 x 13 x 2
442
Birthplace by Age
Total persons
9
7 x 3 x 2
42
Competency in English language by birthplace in English/non-English speaking countries
Overseas born persons aged 5+ years
10
14 x 3 x 2
84
Birthplace of parents
Australian born
11
100 x 3 x 2
600
Birthplace by period of residence in Australia
Overseas born residents
12
37 x 2
74
Period of residence
Overseas born residents
13
21 x 2
42
Citizenship
Total persons
14
4 x 2
8
Racial origin
Total persons
15
4 x 2 x 2
16
Attendance at an educational institution
Persons aged 15+ yrs
16
9 x 2 x 3
54
Qualification - highest level obtained
Persons aged 15+ yrs - Australian born and overseas born
17
18 x 2 x 3
108
Qualification - field of study
Persons aged 15+ yrs - Australian born and overseas born
18
11 x 2
22
Age left school
Persons aged 15+ yrs
19
16 x 2
32
Total issue
Females aged 15+ yrs
20
28 x 3 + 1
85
Family type
Families and persons
21
52 x 10
520
Religion by Age
Total persons
22
16 x 2
32
Age
Labour force
23
5 x 2
10
Marital status
Labour force
24
7 x 2
14
Occupational status
Total persons
25
6 x 3
18
Hours actually worked
Employed labour force
26
5 x 2
10
Industry sector
Employed labour force
27
15 x 2
30
Mode of travel to work
Employed labour force
28
15 x 4
60
Income -




individual
Persons aged 15+ yrs



family
Families



household
Households
29
4 x 11 x 2
88
Occupational status by Occupation
Employed labour force
30
73 x 2
146
Occupation
Employed labour force
31
11 x 2 x 11
242
Occupation by Age
Employed labour force
32
6 x 2 x11
132
Occupational status by Age
Males/Females aged 15+ yrs
33
17 x 2 x 11
374
Birthplace by Occupation Major Groups
Males/Females in employed labour force
34
60 x 2
120
Industry
Employed labour force
35
8 x 10
80
Occupants by Structure
Households and persons
36
9 x 7
63
Rooms by Structure
Households and persons
37
8 x 7
56
Bedrooms by Structure
Households and persons
38
7 x 7
49
Nature of occupancy by Structure
Households and persons
39
18 x 7
126
Monthly mortgages
Households and persons



by Structure
in mortgaged dwellings
40
15 x 7
105
Weekly rent by Structure
Households and persons in rented dwellings
41
4 x 7
28
Families by Structure
Households and persons
42
6 x 6
36
Motor vehicles parked
Occupied private dwellings
43
8 x 6
48
Reason unoccupied
Unoccupied private dwellings

 

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